Berkley, Oct 2003, 5.99, 304 pp.
In her first year among the ton, Isabella Winslowe was a wallflower who watched her vivacious spinster Aunt Pithany stand tall and decided to emulate her beloved relative. In her second season, she becomes a popular figure declining several offers of marriage. However, Isabella noticed other wallflowers and decided to provide encouragement thorough a reading team to help them improve their dynamics. The male members of the Ton dub the group the Wallflower Society.
Lord Daniel Colebrook has just returned to London after spending a couple years mourning the deaths of his father and older brother and to learn estate management. When Isabella accompanied by his sister Gretchen informs him that his sibling murdered wastrel Boswell Throckmorten, he feels she is pulling a hoax on him especially when the body is missing. Later when he and Isabella find the Throckmorten corpse he knows someone killed the odious man. Working closely to learn who killed the nasty Throckmorten in order to keep his sister out of trouble, they fall in love. Still Isabella wonders whether he will take away her independence if she marries him like he desires.
Readers will appreciate this charming Regency romance with a touch of suspense. The lead characters are typical in many ways of the sub-genre, but their preliminary battles and later partnering are fun to follow. Fans will enjoy this charmer though many would have preferred for a separate tale for a second romance that comes out of nowhere.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner